Life Ball 2014: Earthly Delights

Life Ball 2014:
Earthly Delights

2014-06-03 00:55 | Comments: 0

The earthly highlights of Life Ball 2014, Vienna's charity ball for solving the challenges of HIV/AIDS. This year's theme: "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.

Photo credit: Life Ball © Harald Klemm

Conchita Wurst @ Life Ball 2014

Celebrating Conchita Wurst, our glamorous winner of the European Song Contest 2014 :)

Hi, before proceeding to the garden of earthly delights I would like to share three quick facts about HIV/AIDS:

1. Currently, a total over 35 million people are living with HIV and AIDS. There is steady progress (also thanks to the Life Ball) in the field of research, education, prevention and medication, but there is still a lot to do.

2. HIV is a virus that can be transmitted by (unsafe) sexual intercourse, but it is not a gay or men-only virus. More than half of all cases of HIV/AIDS worldwide are women.

3. People with HIV/AIDS are often discriminated and stigmatized, which can be even worse than the disease itself.

Hence, the Life Ball is not only a charity event to raise money for HIV/AIDS victims, but it is also a ball for freedom, tolerance, and respect. Love is a bloom growing anywhere.

This year's Life Ball had a wonderful theme again. I especially appreciated the strong and bold poster campaign by David LaChapelle featuring t-model Carmen Carrera in two versions (with both male and female sexes, see below).

Moderation, which was half performed in Viennese dialect, was not my taste however and could have been more "international". The fashion shows seemed a bit longer than usual (maybe because there were fewer speeches) and featured seven shows that focused on male fashion, mostly tuxedos and smokings however.

My favorite fashion show was the show by Vivienne Westwood which had the topic "Alice in Wonderland". And now that I know that Vivienne is a political activist too, I immediately recognized her climate change t-shirts, "Who are our rulers" hats and "frack me NO" pants ;) Brilliant.

Red Carpet Goodness and Earthly Highlights of Life Ball 2014

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Marcia Cross @ Life Ball 2014

"Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross.

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Ricky Martin @ Life Ball 2014

Ricky Martin, Livin'la Vida Loca.

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Christina Perri @ Life Ball 2014

Christina Perri with over 70-tattoos presented her new single "Human".

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Sonja Kirchberger @ Life Ball 2014

Sonja Kirchberger

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Tamara Mascara @ Life Ball 2014

Tamara Mascara

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Courtney Love @ Life Ball 2014

Courtney Love

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Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler @ Life Ball 2014

Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler

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Life Ball 2014 Red Carpet

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Conchita WYasmine Petty and Julian F.M. Stoeckel @ Life Ball 2014

Yasmine Petty and Julian F.M. Stoeckel

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Yasmine Petty @ Life Ball 2014

Yasmine Petty

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Candice Glover @ Life Ball 2014

Candice Glover

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Ricky Martin @ Life Ball 2014

Ricky Martin on the red carpet.

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Ricky Martin @ Life Ball 2014

Ricky Martin performing "Vida".

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Tereza Maxová @ Life Ball 2014

Czech model Tereza Maxová for Viktor & Rolf.

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Fashion Show "Alice in wonderland" by Vivienna Westwood @ Life Ball 2014

"Alice in Wonderland" Fashion Show by Vivienna Westwood

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Fashion Show "Alice in wonderland" by Vivienna Westwood @ Life Ball 2014

Photo credit: Life Ball © Juergen Hammerschmid | David LaChapelle

Naked Carmen Carrera Poster by David LaChapelle for Life Ball 2014

David LaChapelle's strong and bold poster artwork. Featuring t-model Carmen Carrera naked in two versions with two sexes, male and female. The beautiful poster has been quite controversial and some even claimed it is pornography, but it does not show any sexual act. The artwork reads: I am Adam. I am Eve. I am me. Words that Carmen Carrera identifies with: “Your gender should not matter in your heart or in the way you express your personality."

Photo credit: Life Ball © Ingrid Sontacchi

Carmen Carrera @ Life Ball 2014

Carmen Carrera arriving in Vienna.

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David LaChapelle and Carmen Carrera @ Life Ball 2014

David LaChapelle and Carmen Carrera at the Red Capret.

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Carmen Carrera in the Lanvin fashion show with Ben Becker @ Life Ball 2014

Carmen Carrera in the Lanvin fashion show with Ben Becker.

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Carmen Carrera @ Life Ball 2014

Carmen Carrera

Photo credit: Life Ball © Robert Tober

Conchita Wurst and Gery Keszler @ Life Ball 2014

Most anticipated star of the Life Ball, Conchita Wurst, arriving with Life Ball founder Gery Keszler.

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Jean Paul Gaultier with Conchita Wurst @ Life Ball 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier with Conchita Wurst

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Conchita Wurst: Rise Like A Phoenix @ Life Ball 2014

Grand finale of the Life Ball with Song Contest winner Conchita wurst: Rise Like A Phoenix.

All photos courtesy of Life Ball | AIDS Life.

What were your highlights of Life Ball 2014? How did you like the moderation of the comedy duo Thomas Stipsits and Manuel Rubey? What do you say about the Life Ball poster with Carmen Carrera?

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